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Dominated by sand dunes and unspoilt beaches, Sanday is the largest of the northerly Orkney Isles. The name of the island comes from the stunning sandy beaches that fringe many of its long bays - fine sweeps of white sand and clear blue sea. All this sand is good for the soil, which is very fertile so the way of life for most islanders is an agricultural one.


The island has a distinctive lighthouse which was engineered by Robert Stevenson, over 200 years ago. Visitors to the island will also discover an abundance of sea birds, seals and other wildlife. Rich in natural and man-made history, Sanday has a wealth of wildlife, heritage and archaeology to offer the interested visitor.


Our beautiful island can be reached by sea with Orkney Ferries or by air from Kirkwall with Loganair and attracts many visitors from around the globe, as well as those looking to move here for a lifestyle change.  Sanday is the perfect place to escape, take time out and relax.  



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Sanday has a resident Ranger providing a year-round service of events open to all. she is also happy to arrange bespoke guided tours for visitors to our beautiul island.  The Ranger is available for walks, talks, workshops and can tailor an activity to a group's needs, particularly at quieter times of year. For any enquiries, bookings or information please do get in touch. Email Emma on if you would like any information or to discuss a visit.  














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Sanday's Ranger is Emma Neave-Webb who moved to Sanday in October 2015.  She has a massive interest in all forms of wildlife, but particularly marine wildlife with her passion being marine mammals.  Emma spent several years working offshore as a wildlife officer, tour guide and marine wildlife surveyor. You’ll probably see Emma around the island with binoculars round her neck and a little grey lurcher at her feet!

The Sanday Ranger is jointly funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and  Sanday Development Trust.

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